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JCB wins major order for electric mini-digger

Posted on 03 Nov 2019 and read 1228 times
JCB wins major order for electric mini-diggerStaffordshire-based JCB (www.jcb.com) has secured its biggest fleet deal to date for its brand-new 19C-1E electric mini-excavator — just weeks after going into full production.

Warrington-based A-Plant has bought 10 of the diggers in a deal worth more than £350,000. JCB’s first-ever electric digger is five-times quieter than its diesel counterpart and is expected to appeal to firms working inside buildings or in noise-sensitive areas.

Fully charged, the 19C-1E can put in a typical full day’s shift for a mini-excavator.

Dave Harris, business development director for A-Plant, said: “A-Plant is at the forefront of equipment hire in the UK, and we pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive, innovative and sustainable equipment in the industry.

"Each year, we invest millions of pounds in new products to ensure that our customers hire the most reliable, safe and environment-friendly equipment available, and we are excited to be taking the lead on electrification with our new fleet of electric JCB excavators.

"Offering all the performance of a conventional excavator, but with added eco-friendly credentials, we’re sure the new fleet will be extremely popular with customers.”

Key features of the new 19E-1 electric mini-excavators include: three or four lithium-ion battery packs providing a 15-20kWh storage capacity; an on-board charger with 110V input for a recharging time of 12hr; the option of 230V charging when required, for a recharging time of 8hr; and a fast-charge option for a full charge in under 2hr.